Pennsylvania Game News - February 2015 - 4
Travis Raab, far right, and his dad, next to him, and their hunting party retrieve his bull
from State Game Lands 311. On Page 2, Travis Raab poses with his 7-by-6 bull.
hunters walked into the field on the
far side," Travis said. "As they walked
around the edge of the field, we thought
my bull might actually run off - into
the woods. But it didn't."
The bull Travis had his eye on was a
interesting-looking 7-by-6 bull he had
seen on a preseason scouting trip.
"We had gone out two days previous
and had a look at all the bulls; I actually saw that same bull and I wanted to
shoot that bull," Travis explained. "I
hoped that I'd have a chance at it - I
liked the rack - and we did! It was in
But the additional suspense the
other hunters were adding to Travis'
hunt wasn't all with which he had to
endure: he was still waiting for a clean
shot with his Marlin 7mm-08 as the
bull slowly crossed out in front of him.
It was in a bachelor group of four. Finally, his chance came; the guide said
his rangefinder pegged the bull at 135
yards. At 6:30 a.m., the Marlin barked.
"I shot the first time and the bull just
stood there, didn't move," Travis said.
"The bull simply absorbed the first
shot and never moved, the second
shot dropped it," explained Travis'
dad, Kelly. "After field-dressing the
bull, I looked back to where Travis
shot from and knew the distance
was wrong. I paced it off and got 235
yards. There was a small hill in the
field between us and the bull and the
rangefinder must have picked that
up. I'm not sure I would have given
Travis the green light to take the shot
knowing the actual distance, but he
got the job done."
Travis and his hunting party moved
in. But as he absorbed the reward of his
well-placed shots, he was overcome by
an adversary that haunts his and his
family's deer-hunting success.